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Swab vs. Swap

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Swabnoun

(medicine) A small piece of soft, absorbent material, such as gauze, used to clean wounds, apply medicine, or take samples of body fluids. Often attached to a stick or wire to aid access.

Swapverb

(transitive) To exchange or give (something) in an exchange (for something else).

Swabnoun

A sample taken with a swab piece of absorbent material.

Swapverb

To hit, to strike.

Swabnoun

A piece of material used for cleaning or sampling other items like musical instruments or guns.

Swapverb

To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.

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Swabnoun

A mop, especially on a ship.

Swapverb

To descend or fall; to rush hastily or violently.

Swabnoun

(slang) A sailor; a swabby.

Swapnoun

An exchange of two comparable things.

Swabnoun

(slang) A naval officer's epaulet.

Swapnoun

(finance) A financial derivative in which two parties agree to exchange one stream of cashflow against another stream.

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Swabverb

(transitive) To use a swab on something, or clean something with a swab.

‘swab the deck of a ship’;

Swapnoun

Space available in a swap file for use as auxiliary memory.

‘How much swap do you need?’;

Swabverb

To clean with a mop or swab; to wipe when very wet, as after washing; as, to swab the desk of a ship.

Swapnoun

A blow; a stroke.

Swabnoun

A kind of mop for cleaning floors, the desks of vessels, etc., esp. one made of rope-yarns or threads.

Swapverb

To strike; - with off.

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Swabnoun

A bit of sponge, cloth, or the like, fastened to a handle, for cleansing the mouth of a sick person, applying medicaments to deep-seated parts, etc.

Swapverb

To exchange (usually two things of the same kind); to swop.

Swabnoun

An epaulet.

Swapverb

To fall or descend; to rush hastily or violently.

‘All suddenly she swapt adown to ground.’;

Swabnoun

A cod, or pod, as of beans or pease.

Swapverb

To beat the air, or ply the wings, with a sweeping motion or noise; to flap.

Swabnoun

A sponge, or other suitable substance, attached to a long rod or handle, for cleaning the bore of a firearm.

Swapnoun

A blow; a stroke.

Swabnoun

implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion

Swapnoun

An exchange; a barter.

Swabnoun

cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors

Swapadverb

Hastily.

Swabverb

wash with a swab or a mop;

‘swab the ship's decks’;

Swapnoun

an equal exchange;

‘we had no money so we had to live by barter’;

Swabverb

apply (usually a liquid) to a surface;

‘dab the wall with paint’;

Swapverb

exchange or give (something) in exchange for

Swapverb

move (a piece of a program) into memory, in computer science

Swapverb

take part in an exchange of

‘we swapped phone numbers’; ‘I'd swap places with you any day’; ‘I was wondering if you'd like to swap with me’;

Swapverb

give (one thing) and receive something else in exchange

‘swap one of your sandwiches for a cheese and pickle?’;

Swapverb

substitute (one thing) for another

‘I swapped my busy life in London for a peaceful village retreat’;

Swapnoun

an act of exchanging one thing for another

‘let's do a swap’;

Swapnoun

a thing that has been or may be given in exchange for something else

‘I've got one already, but I'll keep this as a swap’;

Swapnoun

an exchange of liabilities between two borrowers, either so that each acquires access to funds in a currency they need or so that a fixed interest rate is exchanged for a floating rate.

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